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Classic Modules Today: B2 The Keep on the Borderlands 5e
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Classic Modules Today: B2 The Keep on the Borderlands 5e

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To use this conversion guide you will need a copy of "B2 The Keep on the Borderlands", originally available in hard-copy and now for sale in Digital format at DMsguild.com.

This "B2 The Keep on the Borderlands" conversion guide allows DMs to run the original module with 5th Edition rules. Also included in this guide is a handy two-page reference sheet for encounters along with monster and magic item conversions, all on one two-sided sheet.

B2 The Keep on the Borderlands was included in the 1979–1982 editions of the Basic Set. It was written by Gary Gygax and illustrated with cover art by Jim Roslof and interior illustrations by Erol Otus. The module also provides rudimentary rules for wilderness adventures, as these were not included in the D&D Basic Set. The structure of the adventure as a series of separate caves allows segmented playing sessions for beginners. The module has been described as a low-level introductory scenario, which leads the player characters from an outpost on the frontier of law into the forces of chaos.

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Jay M June 19, 2021 6:09 pm UTC
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Steve Bruso did it; https://www.dmsguild.com/product/209010/Classic-Modules-Today-T14-Temple-of-Elemental-Evil-5e?term=temple+elemental+
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John C June 19, 2021 12:08 pm UTC
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Have you attempted to convert Temple of Elemental Evil....would love to see that one for 5e?
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Jay M June 19, 2021 6:08 pm UTC
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I'm surprised it hasn't been done yet. I'll review and if it is yet to be done I would be way down to do the conversion guide for it!
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Ryan W October 18, 2021 2:12 pm UTC
I haven't purchased it yet but this recently came out: https://goodman-games.com/store/product/original-adventures-reincarnated-6-temple-of-elemental-evil-pre-order/
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Charles S February 18, 2021 1:52 am UTC
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Thank you for putting the work into the conversion. I look forward to running this with my friends. KUDOS......
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Jay M March 01, 2021 3:58 am UTC
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No problem. Thanks for picking up this product. This one and the others in my collection was my first attempts at writing stuff for gaming. I think it great 5e is getting so much play and at the same time there is an interest to play the older adventures which I played as a kid. I used this conversion at a game day at the local library a ways back. I didn't even have any 5e books but some of the players who showed up did. It worked great for me. Once again, thank you for your enthusiasm Charles.
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Steven W August 20, 2020 1:37 am UTC
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First thing that should be said is this is for the printing of B2 the one where the Mad Hermit has a lion verses a panther.

Also this is not a direct conversion. This is more of a a where to find the creature on what page of Monster Manual. Also creative license has been taken as well. The Goblin Chieftain is suppose to have chainmail, shield and short sword. In this he just has a short sword. He does have a AC of 17 so between the 2 guides you could figure it out.

Another example is the Evil Priest gets an added Staff of the Python which is not in the original module. No mention of his Platemail +1 Shield +1 or Mace +1.

As stated you are going to need to original module to be able to correct everything and have the maps to run this.

It is worth mentioning again you will not get a room by room conversion. I expected Kobold Lair Room 6. 40 Kobolds CR 7 as original module. Change this to 10 Kobolds for CR 2. etc. You get nothing like that.
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Kelly D October 13, 2018 10:27 pm UTC
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I purchased this product but cannot enter a review. At this price, this is a 1/2 finished product. It contains nicely formatted stat blocks for the major NPCs and enemies from the module, a reference to find best matches between B/X and 5E monsters, and rules for some of the unique traps and magical items found within the caves.

What it does not contain is any help for the 5E DM on converting encounters to match 5E challenge ratings. As written for B/X this is a deadly module and forces conservative play, but it would be doubly difficult with the power of 5E monsters. 5E adventuring paries had better have tons of hirelings or their running shoes on!

As it stands, if this was $1.99 I'd give it 4 stars, but for that price, a few pages of quick encounter conversions would be nice. 2 stars.
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Jay M October 14, 2018 1:38 am UTC
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Kelly D, thanks for the feedback. I have been playing around with prices lately, so I will take your suggestion into consideration. I don't think I will go as low as 1.99 though.

As far as balance, OSR modules didn't concern themselves with balance. This is a feature, not a bug. Players need to circumvent more powerful opponents with creative game play.
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Andrew V May 31, 2018 4:58 pm UTC
The preview is useless, I'd like to see how the guide presents the conversion material.
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Jay M January 29, 2018 10:52 pm UTC
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There is a review at the end of the comments;

https://plus.google.com/110079581569356089067/posts/PN9dvD2hpYW
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Thomas S January 21, 2018 4:15 pm UTC
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The conversion module is extremely helpful, I was about to give up on using KotBL fro my new group.
My concern is that the stats for the veteran CR 1 in the conversion don't match the MM CR 3.
Am I missing something?
I am not completely versed with the DM or MM so I may be.
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Andrew P August 20, 2017 2:32 pm UTC
Is there a licensing reason why you can't simply release B2 with this integrated into it? Just curious. These conversion guides are great. I'm dying to play some of these old adventures.
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Jay M August 21, 2017 1:38 am UTC
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Yes Andrew there is. This project was set up by Stan Shinn. He talked to Wizards of the Coast about doing these conversions of classic modules. WotC defined the parameters of the guide. They want you to purchase the PDF or POD of the old classic module.

Don't forget to post a review and let everyone know how great you think they are!
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Jay M May 17, 2017 3:41 pm UTC
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Version 4.2 Release; has statistics for the humanoid leaders at the Caves of Chaos.
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Jay M February 01, 2017 5:25 pm UTC
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Some really good comments and critiques lately on this conversion guide. Very helpful information given. I will be revisiting this guide and revising to incorporate the thoughtful criticism received. Thanks guys, good example of useful comments.
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Steven Q January 14, 2017 12:13 am UTC
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what is different between 3.00 and 3.01?
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Jay M January 14, 2017 12:18 am UTC
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The gas trap in the Keep has been given a DC for attempts to disarm.
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Steven Q December 06, 2016 8:34 pm UTC
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why i feel like your miss stats for some of npc?
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Jay M December 07, 2016 12:18 am UTC
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Could you please be specific about which NPC's you are referring to.
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Jay M November 06, 2016 11:24 pm UTC
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Version 3.00 has now been uploaded. It may take a few minutes before the file is ready, just make sure you are downloading version 3.00 for the latest guide.

This newly reformatted conversion guide improves on notable NPC stats as well as conversion notes for traps, magic, and magical items.
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Jay M November 06, 2016 12:44 am UTC
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This conversion guide is currently undergoing a major overhaul. Since it was my first conversion guide I can find many ways to completely improve its usefulness. Look for 2.00 to be uploaded in the next couple of days.
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Jay M August 21, 2016 10:05 pm UTC
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The free "How to use CMT conversions" document;

http://www.dmsguild.com/product/190291/Using-Classic-Modules-Today-Conversions
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